Moeen Ali Confirms Dawid Malan Is a Major Injury Doubt for the Semi-Final Game Against India
England’s top order batter Dawid Malan limped off with what appeared to be a groin injury during England’s crucial World Cup win against Sri Lanka, putting him at risk for the semi-final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 at the Adelaide Oval. All-rounder Moeen Ali provided an update regarding Malan’s availability for the next game against India.
The incident took place during the 15th over of the first innings. Malan pulled up whilst chasing the ball in the field, immediately signalling to the bench that he needed to make way for substitute fielder Chris Jordan. Ben Stokes helped the batter hobble off the field to the dressing room after he pulled up during Sri Lanka’s innings. Malan did not bat for England during the tricky run-chase as the team management chose not to risk him.
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Ahead of the much anticipated and much-hyped contest against India, Moeen gave an update regarding the availability of Malan for the Semi-final game against India. The spinning all-rounder informed that he’s unaware of the extent of Malan’s injury but the condition is not looking great for England’s number 3.
“He has been one of our best players for a number of years. I don’t know but to be honest with you it is not looking great. He went for scans yesterday and when he arrived, we don’t really know much but it is not looking great,” Moeen Ali told BBC.
Malan is Unlikely to Be Fit for the Semi-final Against India
The 35-year-old cricketer said that his team will start as underdogs against a strong and dominant Indian team. Moeen admitted that the Men in Blue have been playing some great cricket and his team has been little behind as per the standards they’ve set for themselves.
“England are the underdogs. India have been playing fantastic over the last year and even if you look at the tournament they have been playing really well. I don’t think we have to be honest, we have been a little behind,” Moeen further added.
The English management would be worried as Malan is someone who can bat through the innings and make his presence count as a sheet anchor. Spare batter Phil Salt is the most likely batter to replace Malan in case he isn’t fit and available for the game. It would be interesting to see whether Salt gets a game right away and at the same time, he is not used to batting in the middle order. England can drop Alex Hales at 3 as the tall right-handed batter has played at the position quite a number of times before in his career.